'''Field Enterprises''' was a private holding company
founded on August 31, 1944, by Marshall Field III
and others whose main asset was the ''Chicago Sun''.
["Owns The Chicago Sun: Field Enterprises, Inc., Organized By Marshall Field", ''''The New York Times'', 1 September 1944, page 22.]
That same year the company acquired the book publishers Simon & Schuster
and Pocket Books
It also operated a Print syndication|syndicate
, '''Field Newspaper Syndicate''',
whose most popular offering was the comic strip ''Steve Canyon
''. Comic-strip historian Allan Holtz
has written regarding the origins of the syndicate and its relationship to the rest of the company:
:Field... was a syndicate initially created by Marshall Field to sell features from his ''Chicago Sun'' newspaper. When Field started the ''Sun'' he found that Chicago was pretty much all sewed up with exclusive contracts on the better features. He resolved to...